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Ramdin eyeing big scores in India

Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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MUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies record-breaking wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, is hoping to continue his good run of form when he faces the Indian bowlers in the upcoming five-match one-day international (ODI) series.

The first ODI will be played on Wednesday in Kochi.

"For the last 18 months I have been working really hard. I have been getting most of the runs I would like to," said Ramdin, who skippers the Test team.

"The last series wasn't the best for me so hopefully this one in terms of one-day and Test matches ... I would get a good start and bat for the team and put ourselves in positions to win games for the team."

The 29-year-old, who has played 112 ODIs recently, made a career-best 169 against Bangladesh, the highest score by a West Indies keeper in ODIs.

That knock surpassed the previous record of 128 made against England in March.

"It is a very big series for both teams leading up to the World Cup. I think everyone wants to finalise their squad," said Ramdin, whose highest score against India is 96, the third highest score by a West Indies wicketkeeper.

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"We really need to put out a big show in this series. The last series was a very close one; two-one, going into the last one was one-all."

West Indies team is bolstered by the presence of about nine of the world's leading T20 cricketers who also ply their trade in the prestigious Indian Premier League.

Ramdin believes India will be in big trouble once the top T20 players on the regional side can deliver.

"When you look at our team we have eight to nine top T20 players that play for franchises here and they are very big players," he said.

"Once we get those players to put their performance on the board I think India will have a force to be reckoned with this series."